Ladies College netballer wins England selection

Harrogate Ladies College netball player Brie Grierson. (S)
Harrogate Ladies College netball player Brie Grierson. (S)

AN exceptional young athlete from Harrogate Ladies’ College will represent England in the 2012 Netball European Championships, at the age of just 14 years old.

Brie Grierson, who has been selected for the U-17s team, has truly made a name for herself as a rising sports star, after gaining membership into the prestigious England Excel programme in March 2011.

Sporting experts considered Brie’s netballs skills to be of an exceptional standard, securing the young athlete a coveted spot on the 2012 European championship team.

Brie is one of just 12 girls to have secured a place.

HLC Director of Physical Education, Nicky Butters, said: “Brie’s entry into the European Championship team, at such a young age, is just remarkable.

“Her ability as a netball player is exceptional, and it is an absolute privilege to be able to support her and watch her progress.”

Brie said: “I am so happy to have made it to the European Championships. This is a defining moment in my sporting career and I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity.”

The U-17s European Championships will be held in Glasgow in March 2012.

GATEWAYS School in Harewood launched the first in a series of netball festivals for the autumn and spring terms at the end of last year.

The first festival, for under-11s, involved 16 teams from 12 different schools across Yorkshire.

The teams were Fulneck School in Pudsey, Bradford Girls Grammar School, Froebelian School in Leeds, The Mount, Huddersfield, Richmond House in Leeds, Woodleigh in Malton, Brackenfield School in Harrogate, St Joseph’s Primary School in Wetherby, Lady Elizabeth Hastings School in Thorp Arch, Moorlands in North Leeds and Moorfield School in Ilkley.

Andy Copeland, Head of Prep PE at Gateways School, who has organised the festivals, said: “The purpose of the festival was for the children to play as many friendly games as possible with each team playing three matches of six minutes each way.

“The goals of the festivals are participation, enjoyment and improvement.”

After the event children, parents and staff were invited for tea in Gateways School dining room and each school was presented with a certificate.

The second festival, an Under-10s event scheduled December, unfortunately had to be cancelled due to bad weather but has been rescheduled for March 2012.

In the spring term two further festivals will take place.

On January 27 there will be an U-10s festival with 16 schools taking part and on March 7 there will be another U-11 festival for which 20 schools have already entered.